So last night and this morning I spent a few hours reading all of the recaps on Somewhere Between YA Lit and Death
, a hilarious (and sadly apparently now defunct) blog devoted to snarking on old Lurlene McDaniel books. I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud reading the recaps, even of books I never read myself.
Remember Lurlene McDaniel? I used to eat her books UP as a kid. Like, I didn't own any, I don't think, but growing up the public library was within walking distance, and in summers especially I would CAMP OUT in the Teen section. I really do mean camp out
-- like sit on the floor and live there for hours with piles of books. And as a kid who thrived on angst and romance, man, Lurlene McDaniel DELIVERED. You always knew two things when you opened one of her books: 1) someone was going to die and 2) someone was going to fall in love. Win/win, am I right?? The only way I would've loved them more is if they were all about horses.
Since they were not, I got my horse fix from a variety of different sources-- most namely, The Saddle Club and the Thoroughbred series. I owned an obscene amount of Saddle Club books which I read and reread until they literally fell apart. I didn't obsess over the Thoroughbred books quite as much, but I did read them with regularity. So imagine my delight when I discovered Whitebrook Farm
, a blog dedicated to snarkily recapping not only Thoroughbred books but some Saddle Club ones and other horse-related series and classics.
There are other similar recap sites: The Dairi Burger
, which covers Sweet Valley High books, and Claudia's Room
, snarking on The Babysitter's Club series.
I wonder if there's one out there for R.L. Stine's Fear Street series. I was way too cool for Goosebumps, okay, so I only read Fear Street books because they were waaaaaaaaaaaay more mature and adult. By the way, did you know R.L. Stine has an actual Twitter
?? It kind of blows my mind.